Jana Lynott, AICP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor - Transportation and Livable Communities, AARP Public Policy Institute
Jana Lynott, is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor on the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Jana manages AARP’s transportation research agenda and works directly with the Policy Council and Board to develop AARP policy on livable communities. Her research and videography focuses on a broad array of planning and policy issues including complete streets, public transportation and the travel patterns of older adults. Her recent videos and publications include:
- The (Guadalajara) Via RecreActiva: A Successful Open Streets Program
- Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit
- Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America
Most recently, Jana was responsible for bringing AARP’s groundbreaking Livability Index to fruition. As a land use and transportation planner, she brings practical expertise to the research field.
Jana received her Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. She serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Safe Mobility for Older Persons committee and the Transportation Cooperative Research Program’s Development of Open Data Standards for Demand Responsive Transportation Transactions project panel. Between 2009 and 2015, she served as a Transportation Commissioner for Arlington County, VA and as a TC representative on the County’s Public Facilities Review Committee and School Multimodal Transportation Committee. She is enjoying her break from an active volunteer life to spend more time as a soccer and music mom.
Profound demographic change in America implores us to create livable communities for all, regardless of age, ability, income, or other socio-demographic characteristics. In her keynote address, Jana Lynott will share how AARP, with a membership of more than 37 million people age 50 and older, is helping to build a culture of health and wellness in communities around the country. AARP supports people’s fundamental desire for personal fulfillment and community connectedness by positively influencing the shape of our communities—both the built and social environments. Jana will draw from exemplar communities across the United States that are tackling issues of livability and fostering healthy, active, and engaged lifestyles. And she will share AARP’s powerful analysis and communications tool, the Livability Index, to show how we can measure what matters and communicate essential information about a community to local decision-makers and the general public. By keeping a focus on finding ways to enable and promote active living across the lifespan, other pieces of the livability puzzle begin to fall into place. Residents will be healthier, the economy will positively respond, and you’ll be on your way to creating your most livable community where residents’ wish to grow up and thrive across their lifespan.
- livable communities
- Age-friendly communities
- demographic change
- AARP Livability Index
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